The Innocent Child

Hafeld Benedictine Monastery,
Germany October 31, 1896

I suppose every boy wants to help his country in some way or another, thought the septuagenarian Bishop as he walked out opening the bulky grey colored wooden door. He was seeing a young child dusting the gate of the Monastery.

The visiting Bishop from Berlin slowly walked towards the Monastery’s Father, who was standing on the garden observing the same child. The early morning wind was strong as the Bishop used both his hands to hold on to the violet colored zucchetto covering his bald head. The two men came side by side of each other and nodded gently in acknowledgment.

‘God’s little creation Joseph’

‘Yes my reverend, such innocence’

‘Every child should help one’s country and community in some way and that lovely child is a perfect example’, said the Bishop to the monastery father.

‘He is our new altar boy… seven years old only but what great enthusiasm’

‘Yes I know, Sister Gloria mentioned about him, as I came out to see you.’ said the beaming Bishop and continued, ‘In fact the child told her he wants to be Church father when he grow up.’

Both men gave a gentle laugh of appreciation. The Bishop extended his right hand towards the boy as his black-gold lined tunic cassock stretched from the ground. The Bishop called out to him gently, ‘Come here my child’.

The child looked towards them and smiled. Innocence was beaming out from his piercing blue eyes as he put his handkerchief into his tight grey colored shorts. He was shy and took a step back, but began walking towards the two elderly figures as arms were raised again to call him. As he came closer he looked up towards the monastery’s coat of arms above the semi-circular arch doorway. The dark brown haired child looked impressed by the Swastika sign embedded on the coat of arms, as it shone in the morning light.

He increased his pace as he neared the two men of God. As he reached close to the bishop he knelt down and kissed the robes, and did the same again without looking up to the monastery father. Then Father Joseph spoke as he blessed the knelling child ‘In nomine Patris et fillii et Spiritus Sancti’

All three then said, ‘Amen’. The three feet tall child rose slowly looking up at smiling Father Joseph now.

‘What is your name my child?’

‘Adolf Father… Adolf Hitler!’

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The Lost Politicians: Story of Syama Prasad Mookerjee – 1953 Impact, Bengal’s Kashmir Connection

Where are they? The Politicians Who Could Have Made the Difference:

India a population of billion plus, has a billion plus stories. Some of these stories are known but many are lost in the sands of time. In today’s world when Big Boss, IPL are making news many of us would need to hear lost stories of certain politicians of union of India who tried made a difference, but their life and work was short-lived.

This series of articles is an attempt to look at such politicians. Links will be shared and some points will be highlighted.

The first story is about of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Bengal’s connection with Kashmir.

Who he was, short timeline (taken fromofficial website):

  • Finance minister of Bengal Province during 1941-42
  • Post Independence: Interim Central Government as a Minister for Industry and Supply
  • Resigned from the Cabinet on April 6, 1950 on the issue of 1949 Delhi Pact with Pakistani Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan

  • Founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (Indian People’s Union) on October 21, 1951

Key Impact on Kashmir and his mysterious death:

He went to visit Kashmir in 1953, and went on hunger strike to protest the law prohibiting Indian citizens from settling in a state in their own country and the need to carry ID cards, and was arrested on 11th May while crossing border.

Although the ID card rule was revoked owing to his efforts, he died as detenu on June 23, 1953 under mysterious circumstances. His death in custody raised wide suspicion across the country and demands for independent enquiry, including earnest requests from his mother, Jogmaya Devi to the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

“…do not bewail here the death of my beloved son. A fearless son of Free India has met his death while in detention without trial under most tragic and mysterious circumstances.”

(For more: See exchange of mail between Nehru and his mother, link below)

Unfortunately no enquiry commission was set up and his death remains a mystery.

But he did save Kashmir at that time, as post his death Nehru did take some action towards integrating the state into India.

However seeing the condition now what is happening with another mysterious death of a NC worker… is it conspiracy theory again.

Important Links:

Mother’s reply back to Nehru, PM of India; when he wrote about Mookerjee death to her (must read)

His death in Kashmir:

Conspiracy to kill (hear what another Indian PM-Atal Bihari Vajpayee says):

Official Website:


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